A military coup in Myanmar on February 1 could hamper the repatriation and resettlement of Myanmar’s Rohingya population. The international community and world leaders are currently keeping a close eye on the situation in Myanmar and the Rohingya, but China and India, Myanmar’s trusted allies, have a key role to play in this issue. But neither China nor India has yet commented on the Myanmar coup.
What kind of impact the military coup in Myanmar could have on the Rohingya has given rise to a surprising question.
Many analysts believe that the mysterious role of China and India, Myanmar’s two neighbours, will prolong the Rohingya crisis. In 2017, under the umbrella of the Myanmar administration in Rakhine, the army began indiscriminate genocide and persecution against the Rohingya.
According to the United Nations, more than 650,000 Muslim Rohingya people were forced to leave their homeland Rakhine and take refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. According to the estimates of Bangladesh, its number is more than 1 million. Bangladesh is already one of the most densely populated countries in the world with so many foreigners taking refuge there, creating one of the worst humanitarian crises in the country in recent years.
The United States, Europe and the United Nations have repeatedly expressed concern over the plight of Rohingyas seeking refuge in Bangladesh. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested following a coup on February 1.
The allegation against Suu Kyi is that she failed to take any effective steps to prevent the 2017 genocide in Rakhine. Suu Kyi did not take any action to try Myanmar’s military, despite the fact that tribunals set up under various international human rights organizations have proved Myanmar’s involvement in the genocide.
She did not approve of any move to hand over these military officers to the International Criminal Court. Suu Kyi has not taken any effective steps to implement the recommendations of the human rights commissions.
The biggest thing is that the Rohingyas were forced to flee from Myanmar 3 years ago, but she could not take any initiative to talk to the Bangladeshi authorities and take them back.
Myanmar’s military has denied any wrongdoing in the crackdown on the Rohingya, but has called it “genocide.” Soon after, the Myanmar army came under new surveillance.